ok back to the OP.....anyone tried this?My old cell phone broke, so yesterday I went out and upgraded to a Motorola Droid Maxx smartphone. Also got Better Half one as an anniversary present (she is supporting my aviation habit!).
So I have been sitting here sipping my coffee and looking at aviation apps for android.
Just came across a $10 USD ADS-B receiver app, which requires the Avare app. Both apps are free, with the $10 price tag for the hardware receiver, which I guess is a USB plug in originally for European TV reception.
Being a ham radio operator and frustrated radio astronomer (I have an aversion to starving---not many paying jobs in that area:gig, I was quite interested in the little USB receiver, and may investigate it further for other non-aviation apps.
I know there are some old threads on smartphone apps here on HBA, but was also wondering what the latest/best apps were for flight instruments and navigation.
I just added the SkyBeacon....no ads-b in.....but yes others that have ADS-b-In with their units will maybe unload their stratus boxes.....Was thinking about this OP unit with Avare for traffic only..... the price is right and it just might do the job......The problem with most all the other units is they use Foreflight or Garmin Pilot. I still use my Garmin 196 and do not feel like replacing with a tablet or learning a new software. Old people do not like change.the upgrade made them obsolete.
I have. I visit the USA for 1-2 weeks each year to fly my socks off. I use Avare when I'm in there because it's free I have to say, for a free app, it's pretty darn good. A few things aren't as intuitive as I would like, but what can I say... It's free.ok back to the OP.....anyone tried this?
Sometimes age brings wisdom ... sometimes it brings stubbornness. :gig:They will in my airspace
A man from Norway keeps a Piper J-3 Cub on our grass field and stops by for about 3 or 4 days on his business trips 2 or 3 times a year and fly's from daylight until dark each day. IA on the field has the J-3 ready for him when he arrives.I have. I visit the USA for 1-2 weeks each year to fly my socks off. I use Avare when I'm in there because it's free I have to say, for a free app, it's pretty darn good. A few things aren't as intuitive as I would like, but what can I say... It's free.
I got interested in the $10 USB ADS-B receiver idea while there, and when I got back to the U.K. I found one that worked with Avare (on Amazon). It cost a bit more than $10 though. I paid about £40 for the device. It worked although I was slightly underwhelmed by the reception (seemed like about a 2 mile range). I live right underneath Gatwick, so I expected to see a lot more than I did. So I upgraded the aerial for £6. It made a huge difference. I'm now getting a range of about 100 miles.
I haven't managed to get anything useful from the weather dongle though. That is possibly because of USA/UK differences. I'll try again when I next visit the USA.